The Naval Force concludes the NATO's mission "Sea Guardian" in the Aegean Sea

The welcome home ceremony of the 14th Contingent and the ship "Oriku" was held at the Port of Durrës where they were received by the Minister of Defense Olta Xhaçka and the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, Brigadier General Bardhyl Kollçaku, the Deputy Commander of the Naval Force, 1st Rank Captain Artur Meçollari, senior AAF officers and family of seamen on mission.

The Defence Minister praised our seamen’s contribution during these three years, which made the Naval Force more professional and modern.

“The overhauling began today. A lot of work has been done in a long path to rebuild the fleet, either in terms of logistics and equipment, or in terms of expertise and human resources. My hope and wish is that more will be done in the future, especially after our proposal to transform Pashaliman into a strategic NATO Base. This is a development that would have the same impact on the development of the Armed Forces, and increase Albania's strategic importance to the Alliance, as well as the Kuçova Base on which work will begin early next year."- said Ms. Xhaçka, who singled out the contribution of the Albanian military also to cope with the consequences of the November 26 earthquake.


Damage verification process starts as Search and Rescue operation officially ended

Search and Rescue operation in Durrës and Thumanë, the most affected areas by the earthquake of November 26th, have officially ended.

In 3 days the casualty has reached 51, through operations involving about 250 Search and Rescue forces from Albania, Kosovo, Italy, Greece, Montenegro, Serbia, Croatia, France, Turkey, Switzerland, Romania, Northern Macedonia, EU, United States etc.




The Armed Forces continue to be engaged in Search and Rescue operations

Armed Forces structures continue to be engaged with all operational capacities and operational units in areas affected by the earthquake, from Durrës and Thumanë to Laç and Lezhë. They are in constant contact with the National Civil Protection Agency for the reception and distribution of humanitarian aids received from different donors and the accompaniment and accommodation of teams coming from partner and allied countries.




AF fully committed to cope with the situation generated by the earthquake

The Armed Forces structures continue to be on alert and are engaged with Forces to cope with the consequences of the 6.4 Richter earthquake that hit our country.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces, in cooperation with all the Armed Forces structures and the heads of the National Civil Protection Agency, continue to be fully engaged with forces and resources in Search and Rescue operations in Durrës and Thumanë, the two main damaged sites.

The Armed Forces have operated on the ground with 9 rescue teams, 3 in the Thumanë and 6 in the Durrës. They have been in constant contact with the National Civil Protection Agency for the reception, deployment and engagement of teams coming from partner and allied countries as well as the management of aid provided by them.


Armed Forces fully committed to assist population affected by the earthquake

The Armed Forces of the Republic of Albania are in full standby after the difficult situation created by the 6.4 Richter magnitude earthquake, which hit our country in the early hours of Tuesday morning, with the epicenter on the coast of Durrës. About 2.000 effective are engaged in the Search and Rescue operations (Engineer, Special and Command Forces).

Also 1,900 Police effective are on the ground and on full alert, along with municipal firefighting teams, dozens of medical teams and hundreds of citizens who have been deployed on the ground and are on full alert to enable evacuation and rescue of people stranded in the ruins and putting up tents and sheltering families whose homes have been damaged.


Brigadier General Kollçaku at the "Open Day" in Berat

Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces, Brigadier General Bardhyl Kollçaku participated in the "Open Day", held by the Armed Forces in Berat, in the framework of commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Albania Liberation as well as the recruitment campaign in the Armed Forces under the motto "Youth-Talent-Opportunity-Dignity".

Brigadier General Kollçaku, accompanied by 12 district prefects of the country, visited the booths set up by the Personnel Recruitment Center and the 3rd Infantry Battalion, Poshnjë. They were closely acquainted with the opportunities the Armed Forces provide for the young generation as well as with the modern equipment and armament available to the AF.


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